Arsene Wenger was pleased to see his Arsenal side secure their first win of 2018 as goals from Nacho Monreal, Alex Iwobi, Laurent Koscielny and Alex Lacazette helped them overcome Crystal Palace 4-1.
The Gunners scored all of their goals inside the first 22 minutes before easing off the gas in the second half. While the visitors were much improved after the break, it never looked likely that they’d mount a comeback.
Having struggled for form in recent weeks, the boss drew attention to the focus showed and the slick football his players demonstrated as they bounced back from last Sunday’s defeat at Bournemouth.
“I think we started well,” he told his post-game press conference. “We played well and played the kind of football we want to play and we know we can play when everybody is focused and in a good shape.
“Overall, we had a very convincing first half. The second half was of good quality and it’s always a bit human that you have not exactly the same drive in the second half. It was a convincing win.”
He added: “Crystal Palace responded well in the second half. They gave us less room, they were aggressive and we had a bit less legs, a little bit less movement and we were less creative.”